Monday Apr 15, 2013
As Israel celebrates its 65th birthday, we should pause to marvel at the many successes of the Jewish state. Democracies around the world, including the US, have taken centuries to achieve the type of political, social and economic advances that define Israel’s existence today. It is worth reflecting on what Israel has accomplished in the country’s short history.
When David Ben-Gurion declared Israel’s independence in...
Thursday Apr 04, 2013
One of the most disturbing and paradoxically important questions to arise out of the ashes of the Holocaust is not so much the question of why six million Jews and millions of others were systematically annihilated by the Nazis, but the question of “what if…?”
What if more people had stood up in the face of the Nazi tyranny to say “no” to anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry?
What if there had been more...
Friday Mar 22, 2013
In his visit to Israel, President Obama did not miss a beat. Having written before his trip about what he should try to accomplish, I conclude that the president did exactly what he had to do to the benefit of Israel and the United States.
Already, one hears interpretations of what the president said and did that try to paint things in a more negative light. The Jerusalem Post headline saw the president as making nice to Prime...
Tuesday Mar 19, 2013
For supporters of political reform in the Middle East, the contradictory postures of Samira Ibrahim -- the courageous Egyptian feminist activist who publicly shared her deeply hostile views of America, Jews and Israel -- is both a cautionary tale and an opportunity to address prevalent hatreds and intolerance that endure in the "new" Egypt and across the region.
Ibrahim was one of 10 women set to receive the Secretary of State's...
Friday Mar 01, 2013
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, which officially takes effect on February 28, brings to a sudden and unexpected close a remarkable eight-year period of very positive relations between the Vatican and the Jewish people.
Pope Benedict was the only German Pope in history who was an eyewitness to the Holocaust. He may be the last Catholic leader of that generation to serve as the spiritual leader of more than one billion Catholics around the...